Focus On... Human resource management and OH&S

  • Young recruits join the team
    Sixteen young recruits have been welcomed to the ranks of Richmond Valley Council, New South Wales, in preparation for another successful year of Council’s award-winning Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
  • Recognising, rejecting and reporting corruption in local government*
    New and much tougher anti-corruption legislation came into force in January introducing profound changes to Victoria’s integrity system with major implications for councillors and council staff.
  • Developing our people
    More employees than ever at City of Cockburn, Western Australia, are accessing inspirational workplace leadership training once reserved for supervisors attending traditional 1-2 day training courses.
  • Staff Voice produces outcomes
    Mosman Council, New South Wales, has been expanding its suite of professional corporate development and recognition programs following an award last year recognising its excellent management practices and highly engaged workforce.
  • Getting savvy with technology
    Over 100 staff from Queensland’s Central Highlands Regional Council have taken part in an internal Tech Savvy course, which aims to build employees basic technology and computer skills.
  • Up-and-coming engineers sample local government
    Three Central Queensland councils have collaborated to give civil engineering students on-the-job work experience in local government and encourage young professionals to work in regional communities.
  • Life guards open doors
    A Pool Life Guard program delivered by Moreland City Council and Life Saving Victoria has provided successful pathways to employment for young locals, aged 17 to 24, with high employment outcomes over the last four years.
  • Training trainers to build capacity
    TasTAFE, in partnership with West Coast Council and Skills Tasmania, Study Hub West Coast and the West Coast Council Education and Training Advisory Committee, is offering residents the opportunity to study locally for a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification as part of the new West Coast Capacity Training Project (WCCTP).
  • Employing and training local youth
    Shire of Exmouth, Western Australia, is actively working to improve employment opportunities for local youth by working closely with the Exmouth District High School to enable and encourage the employment of year 12 graduates within the local government.
  • Jobs Expo offers wealth of information
    This year’s Fraser Coast Jobs Expo will bring together job seekers, employers and recruitment agencies from throughout Hervey Bay, Maryborough and surrounding towns.
  • Training your staff makes dollars and cents*
    It is often difficult for organisations to justify spending money on their own people’s qualifications and training.
  • Construction students learn on the job
    City of Wollongong, New South Wales (NSW), has constructed three new holiday cabins at Bulli Beach Tourist Park, with the help of the students at TAFE Illawarra.
  • FIFO workers agree to stay
    Maranoa Regional Council, Queensland, has signed a landmark agreement with coal seam gas producer, Australia-Pacific LNG (APLNG), that will see a number of fly-in fly-out workers transitioned to live locally, providing a welcomed boost to the Maranoa’s population and economy by an estimated $10 million each year.
  • Training solid gold volunteers
    Town of Port Hedland, Western Australia, has been awarded Gold in the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards, in recognition of its dedication and support of fire and emergency service volunteers.
  • Community helps with shaping the future
    Wakefield Regional Council, South Australia, asked residents to help shape the region’s future, as it takes the first steps towards building its strategic plan for the next 10 years.
  • Quality management – top tips*
    Quality management is about making sure that whatever you do, you do it well every time.
  • Making your packaging program actually work*
    Salary Packaging Australia (SPA) has worked in the local government sector since 2004 and currently looks after 80+ councils across the country.